Gayle Martin

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Gayle Martin
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By Gayle Martin
My best English teachers didn't just assign Shakespeare to read; they taught me how read Shakespeare. These lessons are designed to do just that.I have used these lessons with ninth graders through twelfth graders, including AP and honor students.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (Specialty), Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Handouts, Minilessons
CCSS:
RL.9-10.4, RL.9-10.5, RL.9-10.10, L.9-10.3, L.9-10.4, L.9-10.4a, L.9-10.4b, L.9-10.4c, L.9-10.4d, L.9-10.5, L.9-10.5a...
$9.49
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By Gayle Martin
This resource will include all resources I currently offer for Watership Down by Richard Adams--vocabulary and reading quizzes, reading activities and questions, etc. I will continue to expand it with a unit test, writing assignments, discussion
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Fun Stuff, Novel Study
$34.50
$24.99
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By Gayle Martin
I always find that symbolism is the literary technique that students think they understand...but usually misidentify or misinterpret the most, especially after it is first introduced to them. So, to help them get a better grasp of it (and to save us
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Handouts, Cooperative Learning
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.10
$3.00
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By Gayle Martin
This two class-period direct teaching and cooperative learning lesson was designed to introduce high school students to the concepts of archetypes and the Hero’s Journey in an engaging way (and to sneak in a little bit of fancy literary criticism
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (ELA), Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Cooperative Learning, Task Cards
CCSS:
RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.3, CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.9, CCRA.R.10
$3.00
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By Gayle Martin
This two-day lesson introduces students to the concept of the Hero's Journey (Joseph Campbell's monomyth) with a direct instruction, interactive PowerPoint presentation, and then cooperative learning group activity analyzing how the the Hero's
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Novel Study, Cooperative Learning
CCSS:
RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.3, RL.9-10.10, SL.9-10.1, SL.9-10.1a, SL.9-10.1d
$4.00
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By Gayle Martin
While theme is arguably the most important element of literature analysis, my experience is that high school students really struggle to analyze theme in depth. A lot of my high school students haven't moved past an elementary/middle school
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Novel Study, Graphic Organizers, Cooperative Learning
CCSS:
RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.3, CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.10
$4.00
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By Gayle Martin
This zip file has everything you need to teach and assess vocabulary from Watership Down in context to help improve students' reading comprehension. The product includes:4 word lists sheets, one for each section of the book, with 15-20 words per
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Literature
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Handouts, Assessment
CCSS:
L.9-10.3, L.9-10.4, L.9-10.4a, L.9-10.4b, L.9-10.4c, L.9-10.4d, L.9-10.5, L.9-10.5b, L.9-10.6
$10.00
$6.50
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By Gayle Martin
This 44-page bundle includes 11 total quizzes covering the entire novel Watership Down. There is a total of 97 multiple choice questions and 49 short answer questions. This includes:1. 5 reading quizzes covering several chapters (approximately 100
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Assessment, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.3, RL.9-10.4, RL.9-10.5
$12.00
$7.50
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By Gayle Martin
This simple 2-page handout asks students to explain how six important quotes/events foreshadow later various later events in the novel Watership Down by Richard Adams. The product includes a detailed answer key for the teacher with chapter
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Study Guides, Handouts, Novel Study
CCSS:
RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.5
$1.00
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By Gayle Martin
This zipped file currently contains five 8.5 x 11 inch blank coloring pages related to the novel Watership Down--2 plain decorative rabbits and three decorative rabbits or scenes with quotes from the book. In addition, it includes an active
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Visual Arts, Other (ELA)
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Fun Stuff, Novel Study, Printables
CCSS:
SL.9-10.2
$2.50
1
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By Gayle Martin
This four page study guide for secondary students introduces students to the concept of world building in the fantasy genre, specifically as it applies to the beloved novel (or movie) Watership Down. A one-page explanation explains the different
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Study Guides, Handouts, Novel Study
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.10
$1.00
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By Gayle Martin
These public policy debate organization cards and directions are the result of doing debates for years with my high school juniors in AP Language and Composition and in eleventh grade composition classes. In this no-prep resource, you will get:1.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Critical Thinking, Oral Communication
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
W.9-10.1, W.9-10.1a, W.9-10.1b, W.9-10.1c, W.9-10.1d, W.9-10.1e, SL.9-10.1, SL.9-10.1a, SL.9-10.1b, SL.9-10.1c, SL.9-10.1d...
$6.00
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By Gayle Martin
I use these rubrics in my eleventh grade composition class when we do debates for our argumentation unit. (Other assignments in this unit and the unit overall are available in my store.) Although I am not a forensics teacher and have never
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Oral Communication
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Assessment, Rubrics
CCSS:
CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.3, CCRA.SL.4, CCRA.SL.6, CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.6
$2.00
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By Gayle Martin
This 3-4 day lesson is a no-prep way to introduce your students to basic logic terms and concepts and to logical fallacies, and to have some fun along the way! I have used these resources with juniors and seniors as part of studying argument,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Philosophy, Critical Thinking
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Games
CCSS:
RI.11-12.3, RI.11-12.5, RI.11-12.6, RI.11-12.8, CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.5, CCRA.L.6
$4.00
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By Gayle Martin
I have never had a class not be riveted by the 2007 movie The Great Debaters, directed by and starring Denzel Washington. It is just old enough that most students haven’t seen it before, yet new enough to not look or feel dated. The PG13 dialogue
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Oral Communication, Black History Month
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Assessment, Movie Guides
CCSS:
RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2, CCRA.SL.2, CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.6
$4.00
2
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By Gayle Martin
This 5 day lesson plan for high school students includes everything you need to introduce your students to logic, logical fallacies and debate in an engaging way! I use it with my juniors before we do classroom policy debates. The movie is based on
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Oral Communication, Black History Month
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Movie Guides
CCSS:
CCRA.SL.2, CCRA.SL.3, CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.5, CCRA.L.6
$10.00
$7.00
2
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By Gayle Martin
This 15-question multiple choice quiz is designed with questions similar to the SAT Reading Test section and like the AP Language and Composition multiple choice section. Challenging questions ask students to demonstrate thorough comprehension and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Test Prep, Assessment
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.8, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.4, CCRA.L.5
$2.00
5
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By Gayle Martin
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” is not only an important seminal text of the Civil Rights Movement, it is also one of the finest examples of argument to be found. This 2-day lesson plan includes activities to help
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Handouts
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.8, CCRA.R.9, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.4, CCRA.L.5
$2.50
2
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By Gayle Martin
I have found that even my older high school students have a difficult time differentiating claims from evidence in arguments, especially when they are writing their own. This critical thinking activity will challenge students to do grasp the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (ELA), Informational Text
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Handouts
CCSS:
W.11-12.1b, CCRA.R.8
$1.50
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By Gayle Martin
This 4+ day lesson is designed to guide students through a complete analysis of King’s argument in his "Letter from Birmingham Jail." It includes 43 pages of activities and assessments which will guide students through in-depth analysis of King's
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Activities, Handouts
CCSS:
CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.8, CCRA.R.9, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.9, CCRA.W.10, CCRA.SL.1...
$10.00
$7.50
5
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching for 30 years, and during that time, I have taught various language arts classes from the seventh through the twelfth grade. I spent nine years at the middle school and the last 21 at the high school level. I have taught honors and AP courses, creative writing, poetry, and various literature electives as well as every required composition course my district offers. I have taught journalism classes at both levels and advised state and national award winning publications at both levels. In addition, I have served on numerous curriculum committees throughout my tenure, have served as the English department chair and as a teacher leader, and have piloted text books and worked on textbook adoption committees. I am currently the Curriculum Chair for the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I respect my students. I respect their individuality, their abilities, and their time. So, I like to give my students as much choice as possible, I like to challenge them and give them room to question and collaborate, and I like to devote class time to the two things I value most--reading and writing--and reduce homework as much as possible. For me, reading and writing workshop works best for this. I was trained in the National Writing Project philosophy as a new teacher, and I still incorporate as much of that philosophy into my teaching as possible.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I have won no real awards, but my students have won hundreds over the years and, to me, that's more important. My biggest honors are when students come back or write me and tell me how my class has helped them in college or beyond or when my students go on to become English teachers or writers themselves.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a BA in English from Michigan State and a MA in Journalism Education from Michigan State.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I live and work in a suburb in Metro Detroit. I have two children. One is a graphic designer living in Brooklyn (who if I'm lucky sometimes redesigns my products for me!) , and the other is completing his degree with a double major in English and Philosophy. Both of my children attended the high school where I teach and were in my class once. I have been married to the best husband (sorry everyone else!) for 29 years and hoping for 29 more! When I'm not teaching or thinking about teaching, I read a lot, write novels that may or may not be published one day, and talk to the cats.

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